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Old 08-31-2012
Rincewind Rincewind is offline
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One thing to keep in mind about running is that unlike cycling or swimming its a high impact sport. So stress fractures and other structural injuries are common.

If you have no prior running background then it will take about a year of solid training to 'harden' the body to the point where you can safely increase intensity while maintaining low injury risk. I believe running coaches call it building a 'foundation'.

I'd say staying injury free for that period is far more important than following any specific methodology. So my advice would be to not set any specific goals just yet, but keep running at a comfortable pace and listen to your body for any signs of pain.
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